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US Rep. Bill Owens.
US Rep. Bill Owens.

North Country House delegation votes yes on"fiscal cliff" deal

North Country congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, voted in favor of a zero-hour spending bill late last night that averted the so-called "fiscal cliff".

Owens was joined by Republicans Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, who also currently represent parts of the North Country.

They helped lift the measure past opposition from conservative Republicans. The bill passed on a vote of 257 to 167.

The controversial bipartisan deal came just in time to spare the country broad tax hikes and deep cuts to Federal spending, which Owens called "dangerous."  Go to full article
Photo of the Day archive: Whit Haynes

Owens a reluctant "yes" on Farm Bill extension

Tucked into the fiscal package passed by Congress last night is a nine-month extension of the farm bill. The massive five-year farm bill expired last fall when the House wouldn't vote on a new version passed by the Senate.

This extension includes a safety net for dairy farmers. But it axes many popular programs.  Go to full article
An Amish farm near Heuvelton, NY. Photo: Karen Johnson-Weiner

Old Christmas an old tradition for many Amish in the North Country

For most of us, Jan. 1 marks the end of the holiday season, whether that's a sad goodbye or a relief.

But for some Christians, including many of the Amish people in the North Country, Jan. 6 is another day of celebration: Epiphany, or "Old Christmas."

Karen Johnson-Weiner is a professor of linguistic Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. She's been working with the North County's Amish for years.  Go to full article
James Lemons. Photo: LPCA

LPCA's new leader to build on past arts successes

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts's new Executive Director has been on the job for about a month. James Lemons was hired in December to replace outgoing Executive...  Go to full article
Dairy cows at Greenwood Dairy, in Canton, NY. Photo: Nora Flaherty

Updated: Senate passes limited Farm Bill extension

Updated 3:25pm: The Senate passed a limited nine-month extension of the 2008-2012 farm bill. It avoids the "dairy cliff" (see below) and preserves the older MILC dairy price...  Go to full article
Canton Church and Community Program Director Catherine Matthews says private donations are playing a bigger role in stocking pantries. Photo: Julie Grant

Food pantries reluctantly play larger role in feeding hungry

Food pantries and soup kitchens say they're reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation's safety net for the poor.

In a new report on New York's charitable...  Go to full article
One reason good nutrition is important to AIDS/HIV patients: a common side effect of antiretroviral medications such as Atripla is the loss of minerals from bone.

Nutrition program to help HIV/AIDS patients stay healthier

Advancements in AIDS treatment means that people with the illness are living longer than ever. That means they need to take better care of their long-term health. A new...  Go to full article
The Green Mountain Mahler Festival practicing for their New Year's Day concert. Photo: Sarah Harris

Green Mountain Mahler Festival welcomes new year with Beethoven's 9th

Most choirs and orchestras spent December practicing Christmas carols. But members of the Green Mountain Mahler Festival in Burlington, Vermont have been working on a...  Go to full article
Long Lake teacher Becky Pelton spent three weeks in the Grand Canyon recently, along with her husband and six friends.   (photo: Becky Pelton)

Rafting, camping, dreaming in the Grand Canyon

We'll take a break from the cold and snow and listen as Adirondack teacher and rafter Becky Pelton talks about a recent trip on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. ...  Go to full article

New Year's Eve with Guy Berard and Radio Bob

Jazz at the Ten Spot host Guy Berard and Radio Bob Sauter take us over the calendrical cliff with five full hours of favorites and requests.  Go to full article
2012 moves into the rear-view mirror. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette Haenel.

2012: Looking back at the year in North Country news

What would a New Year's Eve be without a look back at the old year?

NCPR's two veteran reporters, Brian Mann and David Sommerstein, joined Martha Foley to consider...  Go to full article
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